Seeking a More Active Role in the Peace Process, Colombian Native Women Form Council (S)
Colombia.- Native Colombian women have created a council seeking increased political participation in the peace process in their communities and throughout the country.
Indigenous Colombian women consider that they’ve had to face “armed conflict, psychological violence” and even “conflicts within their homes”, said Margarita Rodríguez, a native representative, who recently announced that creation by their organization of a women’s peace council.
The council, named Conamic, Consejo Nacional deMujeres de Colombia (National Council of Women of Colombia), gathers representatives of 10 indigenous Colombian peoples and will dive into the world of politics seeking to build peace.
There are over two million natives in Colombia from 102 ethnic groups, according to the Organización Nacional Indígena de Colombia (ONIC — National Indigenous Organization of Colombia).
Margarita belongs to Sikuani people. During the launching meeting, she revealed that they have been meeting since 2013, stressing that this is not a last minute decision, but that they have been pondering it and working towards it for a while.
Nasa, Pasto, Tanacona, Sikuani, Misak, Emberá, Wayú, Arhuaco, Pijao and Yeral are the ten tribes that make up this council of native Colombian women.2do Enfoque